Thiruppavalavannam temple is one among the 108 divyadesams. It is categorised under Thondai naadu divyadesams. This divyadesam is a combination of two temples, Sri Pachai vannar and Sri Pavala vannar, and the only one divyadesam, where Lord Vishnu is praised by his colour. A few metres away is Pachai Vanna Perumal temple. Pachaivannar temple is not a divyadesam, but both these temples are considered as a single divyadesam and worshipped together. So I have written about both the temples in this post.
Divyadesam - Thiruppavalavannam (Kanchipuram)
Moolavar - Thiruppavalavannar
Utsavar - Sri Pavalavannar with Sridevi,bhoodevi as consorts
Thaayar - Pavalavalli (separate shrine)
Vimanam - Pravaala vimanam
Theertham -Chakra theertham
Prathyaksham - Aswini kumaras, Parvathy, Bhrugu Maharishi
Mangalasasanam - Thirumangai azhwaar - 1 pasuram (2060)
வங்கத்தால் மாமணி வந்துந்து முந்நீர்
மல்லையாய் மதிள் கச்சியூராய், பேராய்
கொங்கத்தார் வளங்கொன்றை யலங்கல் மார்வன்
குலவரையான் மடப்பாவை யிடப்பால் கொண்டான்
பங்கத்தாய் பாற்கடலாய் பாரின் மேலாய்
பணி வரையினுச் சியாய் பவள வண்ணா
எங்குற்றா யெம்பெருமான் உன்னை நாடி
யேழையே னிங்ஙணமே யுழிதருகேனே
- திருமங்கையாழ்வார்- திருநெடுந்தாண்டகம் (2060)
Utsavams - The Vaikasi Brahmotsavam, celebrated during the Tamil month of Vaikasi (May-June), and Vaikunta Ekadashi celebrated during the Tamil month of Margazhi (December-January), Pavithrothsavam in Tamil month Panguni (Mar-Apr)Other Sannadhis – Andal, Azhwar & Acharyas
About the temple(Sthala puranam) - The temple is said to have been built by the Pallava king Nandivarman II.
Moolavar is Sri Pavalavannar/ Pravaalavarnar (named as He is red as a coral). Also called as “Paramapadhanathar”. The Lord is in Veetriruntha thirukkolam, sitting on Adhiseshan, with His Thirumugam facing west. Thayar Pavalavalli is in a separate shrine.
Once Lord Brahma conducted a yagna without His consort Saraswathi. So, Goddess Saraswathi got angry and sent asuras to obstruct the yagam. Lord Brahma prayed to Lord Vishnu to protect the yagna. Vishnu battled with the asuras and protected the yagna and was with blood of asuras all over the body, seen as coral in colour and hence the name, Pavalavanna perumal, the Coral coloured Lord.
Address:Thiru Pavala Vannar Devasthanam,
Kanchipuram – 631502.
Temple - Thiru Pachai Vanna Perumal Temple (Kanchipuram)
Moolavar - Thiruppachaivannar
Utsavar - Sri Pachaivannar with Sridevi,bhoodevi as consorts
Thaayar - Maragathavalli thayar (separate shrine)
Prathyaksham - Sage Mareechi
Other Sannadhis - Andal, Azhwar & Acharyas, Anjaneya Festivals – Vaikasi Visakam, Ani Thirumanjanam, Vaikundha Ekadashi
About the temple(Sthala puranam) - Moolavar is Sri Pacchai Vanna Perumal/Maragathavannar (named as He is Emeral green in colour) graces us in Nindra thirukkolam, standing posture. Thayar Maragathavalli is in a separate shrine.
Once Sage Bhrughu performed a yagna praying to Lord Vishnu. Please by his yagna, Lord Vishnu granted him a boon. Sage Bhrughu prayed to Lord Vishnu and asked for a boon to have Goddess Sri Mahalakshmi as his daughter. The Lord blessed Sage Bhṛgu with a daughter Bhargavi who was Sri Mahalakshmi, and Lord Vishnu married Bhargavi, in this sacred place.
In this temple Lord Pachai Vanna Perumal gave dharshan as Lord Rama to Sage Marichi.
Address:Thiru Pachai Vannar Devasthanam,
Big Kamala Street, Kanchipuram-Chennai road,
Kanchipuram - 631502.